8 Canadian Startups to Join the CTA Digital Technology Demo Day in InnoVEX 2022

 2022-06-07 By: InnoVEX Team

Serving as the de facto embassy of Canada in Taiwan, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) is a facilitator for the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) in Taipei which is offered by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS). As part of a global initiative, every CTA office has their own focus and the CTA in Taipei focuses on digital technologies and healthcare technologies. Special attention is given to growing technology trends including: AI, IoT, ICT, medical device, advanced manufacturing, smart cities, and fintech. For startups, the Taipei based program will facilitate the cross-sector exchanges; helping them connect with well-known Taiwanese manufacturers and conglomerates as well as serving as the gateway to Asia.

One of the events in InnoVEX 2022 was organized by the CTOT and CTA. Titled CTA Digital Technology Demo Day, the event hosted 8 startups in the Pi Stage of InnoVEX 2022 on May 26. They are focused on AIoT applications in various industries, including: Computer Vision, Proptech, Smart City, Digital Health, Cleantech, and more.


WeavAir from Ontario combines IoT and AI to provide business intelligence solutions for business users such as real estate and transportation hubs. Their solution is composed of predictive software and plug & play multi-sensor IoT devices that measure 20 different metrics such as air quality, noise level, temperature, etc. in real time at 95% accuracy.

The WeavAir predictive software can detect, diagnose, and predict issues before they become serious to enable fast & accurate decisions and autonomous systems. Combined with the hardware, WeavAir's solutions will be able to help operators save up to 30% in operation & maintenance costs and over 20% in energy; as well as improving air quality, reducing downtime, and reducing the spread of transmissible diseases.

WeavAir provides end-to-end sensor and air quality improvement solution to optimize operation protocols for ventilation and purification systems. Their solution also tracks the flow of people and offers real-time actionable insights on potential risks, helping increase sales and reduce operational costs.

Invision AI

Invision AI of Ontario has developed a number of technical innovations that allows Edge AI to be applied in the mainstream, especially by software acceleration. They achieve this through both algorithmic innovations and efficient implementation; such as by adopting a pragmatic approach to combine various AI frameworks to ensure optimal execution speed and memory utilization can be achieved. In addition, Invision AI's solution is also platform agnostic. By taking a pure software approach to AI, they can provide flexibility, allowing their customers to use various devices from multiple vendors.

The main focus of Invision AI is to enable edge devices to interpret the world around them, tracking their movements, and identifying anomalies. Invision AI's solutions are applicable in various settings depending on the hardware used and the users' needs. With modular functions and simplified management, their solutions are in use for: traffic planning, smart office management, autonomous rail safety operations, general safety & security, threat detection, collision warning, and more.

Pleora Technologies

Based in Ontario, Pleora Technologies are experts in AI, real-time sensor connectivity, and rugged networking to shorten time to market, reduce risks, and lower costs. Focusing on AI for quality inspection, machine vision automation, and rugged networking and AI; Pleora technologies have over 1500 active customers in various industries including industrial automation, medical imaging, security & defense, and more. One of their main products is AI Gateway which also features a no code plugin that streamlines the design of AI and computer vision algorithms.

Their AI solutions are able to inspect challenging materials that usually can only be inspected based on personal judgement such as fabric, wood, or materials with irregular shapes. Pleora Technologies' machine vision automation can be used to add real-time connectivity to imaging solutions and applications. With their rugged networking & AI, Pleora can deploy automated and rapid decision-making for imaging systems operating in harsh environments with scalable networking that acquires and processes multi-sensor data.


BujiBui of British Columbia efficiently integrates technologies used for 3D digital twins including CAD, IoT sensor data, Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), AI, etc. into a customizable solution. Starting with a customer consultation & review, BujiBui's digital twin solutions are tailor made to their users' requirements. Using high performance computing and parallel processing, BujiBui can solve the challenges of interacting with cross-platform 3D data.

Leveraging cloud based Higher Performance Computing means users will not need a high-end device to visualize their digital twins. In fact, BujiBui's solutions allow users to visualize large 3D datasets on thin clients such as smartphones or tablets and make them remotely accessible. Their core technology is based on Domain Integration which means consolidating 3D data into single views, processing non-3D data with AI, integrating EAM, and running simulations. In addition, the BujiBui platform also allows for visualization on AR & VR devices as well as integrating SLAM technology for better spatial awareness.

Motion Gestures

From Ontario, Motion Gestures provides cutting edge camera-based hand tracking and gesture recognition software for enabling sophisticated user interaction with any product. Their team is comprised of a combination of researchers and engineers, with specializations in machine learning, gesture recognition, signal processing, and sensor fusion technologies. As the technology is applicable in various major industries and segments such as automotive, mobile devices, robotics, gaming, etc.; it is important to provide a powerful platform for building gestures-based interfaces quickly, cheaply, and effectively.

By combining Machine Learning, Gesture Recognition, Sensor Fusion, and Signal Processing; Motion Gestures is able to deploy their technology on any platform. Their breakthrough AI/ML approach reduces gesture development time by 10x while increasing recognition accuracy to 100% and can be used with ordinary cameras and processors. Motion Gestures also provides a mobile app for users to create a custom gesture that they can combine with their Gesture Recognition Engine (GRE) to implement in various products and devices.

CleanSlate UV

Based in Toronto, CleanSlate UV leverages UV-C light to create the next generation of intelligent sanitization solutions. As a biosafety company, their solutions can inactivate some of the most resilient bacteria and viruses without causing damages. Their solutions offer a sanitation station that include a UV-C device sanitizer, a hand sanitizing stand, as well as a software suite to improve hygiene efforts. Called CleanCloud, it uses a secure IoT gateway to connect every WiFi-enabled CleanSlate UV sanitizer to the Cloud. This will enable users to access complete analytics and receive actionable alerts to simplify device maintenance and save costs.

Currently their CleanSlate UV sanitizers have been deployed across multiple industries including hospitals & healthcare, corporate, hospitality, transportation, and food processing. Users will be able to enable data driven purchase decisions, reduce time spent on routine inspections, regulate maintenance schedules, target nosocomial infections with actionable reports, reduce disruptions to critical sanitization workflows, and proactively address staff concerns with real-time alerts.

HaiLa Technologies

HaiLa is a fabless semiconductor IoT company headquartered in Montreal with a mission to enable the widespread adoption of IoT. They aim to achieve this by reducing the power and cost of deployment by leveraging backscatter communication over existing RF infrastructure and focus on enabling this over wi-fi. HaiLa's platform enables ultra-low power sensors using ambient signals and dramatically increases the lifetime of wireless sensors used in IoT.

Adapting HaiLa's ultra-low power RF technology to Wi-Fi first allows users to deliver ultra-low power connectivity to every industry and leverage this sustainable technology to globally reduce carbon footprint and waste. The installed macro will shift the signal to a free Wi-Fi channel that is easily picked up by common Wi-Fi receivers. The macro then synchronizes to and retrieves data from length modulated Wi-Fi packages to allow operations. The solution is suitable for smart home/ building automation as well as in healthcare, smart cities, agriculture, and many other industries.

Watch the full CTA Demo Day in the InnoVEX YouTube Channel for more details.